The 2012 Kentucky Derby

Saturday is the running of this year’s Kentucky Derby, so I offer a prayer that all the horses and jockeys will cross the finish line unharmed.

The equine contenders are Daddy Long Legs, Optimizer, Take Charge Indy, Union Rags, Dullahan, Bodemeister, Rousing Sermon, Creative Cause, Trinniberg, Daddy Nose Best, Alpha, Prospective, Went the Day Well, Hansen, Gemologist, El Padrino, Done Talking, Sabercat, I’ll Have Another and Liaison.

My first race was at Belmont Park, and near the end of that race a horse broke down on the track. It was a terrifying thing to witness, and I was unsettled for months. Here’s an excerpt of a novel I’m working on, WhistleSof’WhenYaFall,  inspired by that day: Continue reading